Ben Jacobson comes to Kirkwood Community College from Highland Community College in the Jayhawk Conference in Kansas. For the past 4 years Ben helped the Scotties accumulate the highest winning percentage of any Highland Men’s basketball team in over 20 years. He was instrumental in bringing in 2 junior college All-Americans, 4 All-Jayhawk conference players, and 7 All-region players. Ben was also part of history with the Scotties when he helped their program to the first ever Region championship, District championship, and first ever trip to the National Tournament in 2011.
Before his time at Highland, Ben lived in the San Jose CA where he worked in skill development at several Division 1 colleges in the area, and helped organize and develop Saint Mary’s University basketball camps for 2 summers. Ben’s first job in coaching came in the 2007-2008 season when he was an Assistant Coach at West Valley CC, where he also worked as an Account Executive for GiveSomethingback.com out of Oakland CA.
Coach Jacobson has an extensive playing background starting at Omaha Central High School where he graduated in 2000. He was an All-State and 1st Team All Metro player his senior year, recording over 1000 points and 500 rebounds for his career. He was also a McDonald's and USA Today All-American honorable mention nominee. Ben played his freshman year at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX for legendary coach Mike Deane. His sophomore year, he transferred to Iowa Western where he played for Jim Morris, and finished the season as the 8th ranked team in the country. He averaged 13 pts and 7 rebounds a game for a team that finished 25-6. From there, Ben transferred to Tennessee Tech University and played for Mike Sutton, where he played a pivotal role as captain of his team his senior year when Tech won the 2005 Ohio Valley Conference Championship and went 13-0 at home.
Ben also has experience playing ball internationally, representing the United States playing in the Maccabi Games for legendary coach and current Charlotte Bobcats assistant Herb Brown in Tel Aviv, Israel and Sydney, Australia. Ben was the captain of the team in 2005 that won a bronze medal, and won a gold medal in the Games in 2001. Ben attained his Bachelor's degree in multi-disciplinary studies from Tech in 2005 and his Master’s degree in Instructional Leadership in 2007. Ben is married to the former Natalie Caro and has a daughter Zoii, and they are expecting a baby boy in October 2013.